MIAMI - The great Marlins fire sale of 2017 has begun, but the first player traded is not Giancarlo Stanton.
The Marlins dealt second baseman Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in exchange for three players.
In the deal, the Marlins will receive right-handed pitcher Nick Neidhart, infielder Christopher Torres and right-handed pitcher Robert Dugger. The Mariners will receive international signing bonus pool money in addition to Gordon.
Neidhart, 21, was rated the No. 2 prospect in the Mariners' farm system last year, spending the majority of the season at Single-A. In 19 starts with Modesto, Neidhart went 10-3 with a 2.76 ERA.
Torres was rated the Mariners' seventh-best prospect.
Former Major League Baseball general manager Jim Bowden reports Gordon will play centerfield for a Seattle team already loaded at second base.
Gordon was due $37 million over the next three seasons, with a team option in 2021.
In three seasons with the Marlins, Gordon hit .309 with 23 triples and 148 stolen bases.
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